Born and raised in Jersey City, NJ, Bryan O’Rourke counts among his many blessings, his three children and the guidance from his parents who instilled in him a dedication to living life to the fullest by never taking anything for granted and always giving back to others.
Bryan had a clear idea of how he wanted his life to unfold. At age 16, Bryan started his business career as the youngest person to ever work on Wall Street in the extremely competitive environment of Solomon Brothers. This opportunity became the proving ground that solidified the life-long business strategies that have made Bryan successful today. He takes to heart the significance of building relationships, truly understanding people (TRUST), and the importance of taking care of the people who take care of you.
Bryan moved to Bethesda, MD, to start his career at The Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington, DC, and to be closer to his oldest brother Bobby, who mentored him into the person he is today. He benefitted from the professional guidance offered by Dan Blaylock, President of Adams Burch and Neal Perry of Adams Burch as he parlayed his Wall Street business acumen into a successful food service career, learning the business from the ground up. He came to the attention of Richard Raphael at Cardinal International and soon reached another milestone in his career as president of the corporation by age 35. The guidance and leadership provided by Richard Raphael is evidenced by “The Kid’s” creative application of the art of the deal, as he delivers both customer growth and satisfaction, while preserving the long term security of Cardinal International.
Bryan has masterfully guided Cardinal from a small distributor of glassware to its leading position as an integral part of Arc International, the largest tabletop supplier in the world. He instills in all who work with him, his passion and dedication to serving his company, customers, his friends, and his community with honesty, integrity and, of course, a lot of humor.
Bryan is grateful to his family for providing him with the stability and support to accomplish his goals.